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Dominant Red Panthers push India, No. 4 in games |  Pro Hockey League

Dominant Red Panthers push India, No. 4 in games | Pro Hockey League

Barbara Nelen gave the Belgians a dream start with a goal after just two minutes. The captain received the ball in the circle with a good running motion and finished it in one go.

The host team dominated and deserved the first half with a lead. They couldn’t convert 4 penalties, they only conceded 1 penalty kick.

The second half started again with a quick Belgian goal: after 5 minutes, Amber Ballingen sent a cross from Alex Gernier.

It was not easy for the Belgians, Ballingen hit the post two more times. When Stephanie Vanden Bure choked on a back pass and India managed to score past Lal Reemesyame, the situation became unnecessarily tense.

But with 14 goals to 3, 30 goals in the circuit to 10, the win was more than it was worth.

For women coach Raoul Ehren, it was their 11th game in the Pro Hockey League, which is good for a fifth win. The Cheetahs are sixth with 16 points. India maintained third place with 22 points from eleven matches.

In the coming weeks, Belgium will play 5 more matches in the Pro League. If they win them all, they will be third behind Argentina and the Netherlands. After today, Belgium climbed to sixth place in the world ranking. The Pro League is a preparation for the World Cup, from 2 to 17 July in the Netherlands and Spain.

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